The Civil Defence Force takes the lead in the distribution of vegetables for the festive season. It is a consept of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
A massive programme is already in implementation via the Civil Defence Department for the distribution of stocks of vegetables speedily among the consumers during this season. Under this programme stocks directly purchased from cultivators are being brought to the Welisara Camp of the Civil Defence Department. Thereafter the stocks are being distributed in Colombo and the suburbs. As a middleman is not involved in the process, it is possible to provide vegetables to the consumers at reasonable prices. These vegetables are being distributed in areas such as Colombo, Kiribathgoda, Nugegoda and Maharagama. The process is being carried out under the guidance of the Director General of the Civil Defence Department Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris.